Portrait of Emperor Charles V with dog (1532 – 1533) by Titian

Portrait of Emperor Charles V with dog - Titian - 1532 - 1533

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TitlePortrait of Emperor Charles V with dog
Date1532 - 1533
Dimensions192 x 111 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo del Prado, Madrid, Spain

About Portrait of Emperor Charles V with dog

The artwork “Portrait of Emperor Charles V with a dog” was painted by the renowned artist Titian between 1532 and 1533. This oil on canvas masterpiece is a significant exemplar of the High Renaissance art movement and measures 192 by 111 centimeters. A genre portrait, it depicts Emperor Charles V standing alongside his dog, projecting royal presence underscored by personal intimacy. The painting is part of the prestigious collection at the Museo del Prado in Madrid, Spain, where it continues to attract visitors with its historical and artistic appeal.

In the artwork, Emperor Charles V is elegantly clad in armor, embellished with detailed patterns and a sumptuous palette reflecting his regal status. The opulence of the attire is grounded by the Emperor’s composed and contemplative expression, which imbues the artwork with a quiet dignity and gravitas. Likewise, the dog serves as a symbol of loyalty, adding a layer of emotional depth and personal connection to the imperial portrait. The background is subdued, drawing focus to the textures and hues of the clothing, the Emperor’s countenance, and the canine companion. The interplay of light and shadow, typical of Titian’s mastery, breathes life into the subjects, capturing a moment in time with deft realism and psychological acuity.

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